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ERIC Number: EJ963485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Rugged Practices: Embodying Authenticity in Outdoor Recreation
Senda-Cook, Samantha
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v98 n2 p129-152 2012
When people recreate outdoors, they value the quality of the experience. This study examines rhetorical practices that sustain or undermine perceived authentic outdoor recreation experiences. I conducted a rhetorical analysis of my fieldnotes gathered through participant observation and interview transcripts of online and in-person interviews. I suggest that practices of walking in outdoor recreation--such as staying on or going off a trail, running, and wearing inadequate footwear--communicate member status in an outdoor recreation subculture and construct expectations for authentic experiences. My analysis demonstrates how fluid, embodied, repetitive actions can produce or violate abstract constructs such as authentic experiences. (Contains 54 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah